Joseph W. Shea III Esq.

Joseph W. Shea III Esq.

Attorney
Location:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Phone:
513-621-8333
Fax:
513-651-3272
Email:
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Mr. Shea has practiced law in the field civil litigation since his graduation from law school in 1974. He has received many acknowledgments for his expertise in his field of practice. These accolades include recognition in Cincy Magazine as a "Leading Lawyer" in the Tristate area each year of the 12 years the annual award has been given (2004-2016). He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 1993. By a vote of his peers and review of his work, Mr. Shea has also received the rating of "Super Lawyer" every year since the designation began and either as one of Cincinnati's top 50 lawyers or one of the top 100 lawyers in Ohio almost every year in the past 10 years. Cincinnati Business Courier newspaper has honored him as one of the "Best Lawyers in the TriState" for 14 years in a row. In addition, Martindale-Hubbell, the 125-year-old lawyer rating organization, rated him and his firm as "Preeminent" in the field of civil litigation every year for the past 23 years. Only three other Cincinnati law firms match that distinction and those three firms are each more than 20 times larger in size.

Mr. Shea has written several published law books. He was appointed by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer to be an examiner for the Ohio Supreme Court of Bar Examiners where he served for 14 bar exams writing two of the 12 essay questions and model answers for each examination. Justice Moyer also appointed him to serve as the Supreme Court's Chief examiner to oversee the examination process and other examiners in 2006.

Chase Law School presented him with its Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award in 2008. The Ohio State Bar Association's Foundation bestowed its highest commendation upon him, the "Ritter Award". This prestigious award is given each year to only one of Ohio's 50,000 lawyers or alternative to one law-related organization for the accomplishment of the highest degree of professionalism, ethics and contribution to the legal profession. In 2008 when he received the award, he was only the 11th practicing lawyer to accept it in the 40 years of its existence. In 2009, the University of Cincinnati honored him as the Alumni of the Month in the McMicken College Magazine.

In 2013 former U.S. Senator and current Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine appointed him as "Special Outside Counsel" to serve as the lead litigation trial counsel in a large recovery effort of taxpayer funds that were allegedly exhausted by improper utilization. In the fall of 2015, that litigation effort was concluded with a very favorable outcome for the state of Ohio. He has recently agreed to continue in this capacity with the Ohio Attorney General through to at least 2017.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer 1985-current
  • National Civil Trial Board Examiner, 10 certification exams 1987-2005

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1974
  • Kentucky, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Education

  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: National Moot Court
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1969
    • Major: Philosophy

Published Works

  • Author, How to inherit more than your cousin™, 2015
  • Author, Ohio Evidence Manual, Ohio Rules of Evidence with Analysis, Casemaker Print Publishing, 2005, 2008, 2011
  • Author, Shea's Ohio Civil Trial Practice with Forms, Harrison Publishing Company, 1984
  • Author, Terminology Guide for the Reporting of Civil Litigation, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1996
  • Contributing Author, "Sample Testimony" (Contributing Author), Wrongful Death in Ohio (1982 – 2008), Anderson Publishing Company
  • Contributing Author, "Investigation of Witnesses and Statements" (Contributing Author), Civil Litigation in Ohio, Ohio Legal Center Institute of the State Bar Association, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994-2000, 2002, 2006, 2009

Classes/Seminars

  • Faculty Member, Litigation Forum, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1981-1982, 1983, 1984
  • "Masters in Trial" (Mock Jury Trial), ABOTA, Kansas City, Kansas, 1992
  • "Masters in Trial" (Mock Jury Trial), ABOTA, Columbus, Ohio, 1993 - 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Peer-reviewed selection for inclusion in the "Super Lawyers" listing every year since 2004 and most recent years as one of Cincinnati's top 50 lawyers or one of the top 100 lawyers in Ohio.
  • Cincy Magazine has chosen him as a "Leading Lawyer" and the only lawyer included in his field every year since the establishment of this award in 2004 to recognize outstanding attorneys.
  • "Listing for last 25 years in "Best Lawyers in America" by Woodward White annual listing.
  • AV-rating for outstanding legal ability and high ethical standards for the past 30 years by Martindale- Hubbell
  • The Firm is one of only four Cincinnati-based firms who obtained the rating of “Pre-eminent” every year for the past 24 years in the field of Civil Litigation by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • In the US News and World Report rankings, the firm listed as one of the Best Firms in America since designation began.
  • Shea’s Evidence Manual, a 700-page courtroom tool used by trial lawyers and judges across the state, has advanced to three reprintings.
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation named him recipient of The Ritter Award, it's highest commendation that is bestowed annually to a single lawyer. It is given in recognition of the highest professionalism, ethics and contribution to the profession by that lawyer.
  • Mr. Shea was honored with the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award by Chase Law School in 2009.
  • He earned a National Board of Legal Specialty Certification in Civil Litigation (NBLSC) 30 years ago. He now also holds a second certification in the field of Civil Pretrial Practice. At the request of the NBLSC, he became a nationwide bar examiner. His questions and answers have been utilized more often than any other nationwide examiner in the past 30 years.
  • He was appointed to serve as the chairman of the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners in 1989-1990 by Chief Justice Moyer, and was appointed to write 28 bar exam questions for utilization in the Ohio bar examinations.
  • “He was elected as the youngest ever president of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers (n.k.a. Ohio Association of Justice) 36 years ago (1981).
  • In 2017, recipient of the John P. Kiely Award. The award is for recognition of “a single trial lawyer annually for possessing outstanding trial skills and demonstrating the highest degree of professionalism, civility, and ethical standards in his or her daily practice.”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Member, Board of Bar Examiners, 1984 - 1989
  • Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, Supreme Court of Ohio, Chief Bar Examination Examiner, 1989 - 1990
  • Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, Special Re-Appointment as Supreme Court Examiner, 1991
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Chairman, Ethical Advertising, Marketing and Solicitation Committee, 2008 - 2009
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 1984 - 1987
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 1991
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 1994
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 1997
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 2001
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Certification Examiner, 2003
  • Governor's (Ohio) Insurance Task Force, 1984 - 1986
  • American Inns of Court, Master, Potter Stewart Chapter, 1993 - 1998
  • American Inns of Court, Emeritus Master, Potter Stewart Chapter, 1998 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Member, 1999 - Present
  • American Board Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Advocate, 1989 - Present
  • American Board Trial Advocates, National Board of Directors, 1989 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Diplomat, 1984 - 2009
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Ohio State Representative, 1990 - Present
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 1994 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA), Cincinnati Chapter – Elected as Chapter's Representative, 1989 - Present
  • ABOTA Cincinnati Chapter Secretary, 1989 - Present
  • OAJ (Youngest President Ever Elected in Academy History), President, 1981 - 1982
  • OAJ, Board of Governors, 1983 - 1998
  • Indian Hill Schools Booster Board, President, 1997 - 1998
  • National Board of Specialty Certification, Nationwide Bar Examiner, 1990 - 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Board of Directors, 2000 - 2005
  • The Indian Hill Club, Board of Directors, 1984 - 1988
  • The Indian Hill Club, President, 1987 - 1988
  • The Village of Indian Hill Board of Recreation, Commission Member, 1978 - 1996
  • The Village of Indian Hill Board of Recreation, President, 1989 - 1992